Former Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has been found guilty of two perjury counts for making false statements on loan applications for Florida vacation homes.
According to the Justice Department, Mosby, 42, pleaded not guilty to perjury and false statement charges and is accused of wrongfully applying for loans under a CARES Act provision meant for Covid-19 related financial struggles by tapping into her retirement accounts.
Mosby could face up to five years in prison for each of the two perjury counts, as stated by the Justice Department.
CNN reported that she is also facing additional charges of making false mortgage applications for vacation homes in a separate federal case, with the trial date pending.
In January 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Mosby for allegedly lying on a loan application, claiming pandemic-related financial consequences despite a stable income of $247,955.58 in 2020.
The indictment also alleges non-disclosure of a $45,000 federal back tax debt.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Mosby allegedly misrepresented residency to secure a lower mortgage rate and profited $150,000 from selling one of the homes.
In the meantime, Mosby has dismissed the charges as a “political ploy” and has asserted her “unequivocal innocence.”
During closing arguments, Mosby’s lead attorney, James Wyda, stated that the case is “about a three-page form and what was in Marilyn Mosby’s mind when she filled it out,” adding, “The government spent time on things that don’t matter.”
He said, “Mosby told the truth when she completed paperwork indicating the pandemic harmed her business, arguing she “established the business, put money into it, and was working to make it profitable in 2020.”
“She qualified, and she reasonably believed she qualified. She is innocent,” Wyda continued.
After the verdict, Mosby stated outside the courthouse, as reported by The Washington Post: “I’m blessed. I’m blessed. I have nothing else to say.”
In 2015, Mosby was Baltimore’s top prosecutor who was thrust into the national spotlight after charging six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray.